A to Z: Veruca Salt and Violet Beauregard

An interesting take on the girls of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I felt a little sympathy myself for Violet, probably because she has many of the flaws that I do – she’s always seen and always heard, unlike good little girls are supposed to be. This blog points out that well-behaved women (and girls) rarely make history.

Part Time Monster


Roald Dahl is one of the most famous of twentieth century children’s writers; his works are often dark comedy, with children being punished in severe ways for faults, perceived or actual, in ways that hark back to early children’s literature that focused on didactic moralizing, often through the death of the offending child.  One of the most acclaimed of Dahl’s texts has been Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), a novel in which flawed children face severe consequences for their actions.

When Willy Wonka wants to find an heir, he hides golden tickets in some of his chocolate bars. The tickets allow the holders entrance to a tour of the factory. They are found by gluttonous Augustus Gloop, uber-competitive Violent Beauregard, a television obsessed Mike Teavee, spoiled Veruca Salt, and virtuous (and very poor) Charlie Bucket, the only child to finish the tour of the factory and so its inheritor. I…

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